As school districts around the United States work on the issue of internet connectivity, how special education services will be delivered and how long schools will be closed for, families are working on providing a stable environment for their children.

Official Guidance

Resources

Through our Open Classroom, any family can access free daily online lessons, parent guides, and resources.

  • This is an open and free community service.
  • All you need to start is an email address and zip code or country.
  • Open to all K-12 students*
  • No enrollment necessary
  • Highly-curated, grade-level specific content aligned with CA State Standards
  • Credentialed teacher created and supported
  • Live classes taught by a credentialed teacher, four days per week.
  • Weekly lesson plans with all materials provided
  • Parent answer keys and resources
  • Teacher guidelines for teachers wishing to adopt Springs’ content for their own classrooms

Resources

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Field Trips

Animal Cameras:  Live Cams at the San Diego Zoo, Monterey Bay Aquarium live cams 

Panda Cam at Zoo Atlanta  6 Animal Cams at Houston Zoo, Georgia Aquarium has Jellyfish, Beluga Whales, and more

Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips –    A few of the field trip topics include  Polar Bears and the Tundra      Social Emotional Skills,      STEM       manufacturing

Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.

Great Wall of China – This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.

Mars:  Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.  They are updating from WEBVR to WEBXR now, but 360 Mode offers a digital view!

San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games.

U.S. Space and Rocket Museum in Huntsville, AL – See the Saturn 5 Rocket on YouTube and more on this tour thanks to a real father/son outing.

World Famous Landmarks Tours: https://artsandculture.google.com/

Yellowstone National Park Virtual Field Trip – Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot Springs, and so much more. Tour Yellowstone National Park

Broadway Plays at homehttps://www.playbill.com/article/15-broadway-plays-and-musicals-you-can-watch-on-stage-from-home

 

All Subjects

ABC Mouse is offering a free 30 day trial. Code: Starfall https://www.abcmouse.com/abt/homepage?8a08850bc2=T1197417524.1584510864.0032

BrainPop is offering free access for families whose school is closed due to the COVID-19 virus.  Includes unlimited use of the full BrainPOP suite with cartoon videos on a variety of subject during the period of closure. Complete form at https://go.brainpop.com/accessrequest?utm_source=bp-com&utm_medium=internal&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_content=coronavirus

Khan Academy offers free online lessons for students of all ages https://www.khanacademy.org/

PBS Kids has pre-made at home-learning schedules which will change every week.  Broken down into PreK-3rd, K- 12th, and 9 -12th.  Visit https://www.kcet.org/at-home-learning/at-home-learning-schedules

Outschool has live online classes for Ages 3-18 spark your child’s curiosity with access to 10,000 small group video chat classes—created and taught by inspiring teachers. Start learning for as low as $5/class. Fun classes like Harry Potter, , Dungeons and Dragons, Fortnite, Lego, Pokémon, Minecraft, cats, dogs, unicorn, adventure, World Languages, Art, Music, English, Math, Life Skills and much more! https://outschool.com/

Pinterest has tons of ideas that are fun and educational! 

Scholastic Learn at Home releases free daily courses, activities for PK-6 kids home from school.  here are five days worth of classes, divided up into the Pre K-K, grades 1 & 2, grades 3-5 and grade 6+ levels, on the “Learn at Home” website. The site promises “15 more days of thrilling learning journeys are ahead” so check back regularly for the latest activities. Each course includes articles, stories, videos, learning challenges and even virtual field trips with up to three hours of content per day. New users will need to create a free BookFlix account to access the content. A special username and password has been made public for anyone to use for free, which can be found on the Learn at Home grade level landing pages.

Smithsonian for Kids offers free fun stuff for kids https://www.si.edu/kids

Language/Following Directions/Matching/Colors

Building Language Through Barrier Gameshttps://www.spdstar.org/node/1493

More Traditional Language Arts from Ca Dept of Education

  • Curriculum Associates Free Downloadable Reading Packets Printable at-home activity packs that are designed to provide students with valuable self-directed exercises and practice during extended absences from school. Each pack is designed to reinforce key concepts for a given grade. i-Ready’s engaging online lessons can support at-home learning.
  • Myon a student-centered, personalized literacy environment that gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books.
  • Starfall Reading a free public service to teach children to read. It includes language arts and mathematics for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade. Starfall emphasizes phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity.
  • StoryKit is a simple storybook creation app, with a private online sharing tool. It caters to students in grades 1-4 and above, and allows them opportunities to create stories, add pictures, and infuse recordings of their own voices.
  • Core Knowledge provides open access to an exemplary curriculum for preschool through eighth grade.
  • Open Culture allows visitors to download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. Below, you’ll find great works of fiction (http://www.openculture.com/audio_books_fiction), poetry (http://www.openculture.com/audio_books_poetry), and non-fiction (http://www.openculture.com/audio_books_non-fiction), by such authors as Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Orwell, Vonnegut, Nietzsche, Austen, Shakespeare, Asimov, HG Wells & more.
  • Librivox – Free Public Domain Audiobooks features recordings of books in the public domain (https://librivox.org/pages/public-domain/) read by volunteers from around the world.
  • CommonLit – Free reading passages in all literacy and nonfiction genres for grades 3-12.
  • ReadWriteThink Free Mobile Apps helps students engage in literacy learning using tablet devices. No internet connection is required once the apps are downloaded. Offers resources for grade levels K-12.
  • ReadWorks, driven by cognitive science research, ReadWorks aims to create world-class content, teacher guidance, and integrated tools that improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. They leverage cognitive-science research to create high-impact instructional materials and tools that are designed for immediate use within the practical realities of current U.S. classrooms.

 

Math from CA Dept of Education

Online and digital resources for math instruction, assessment, and independent practice, including tutorials and videos.

Science

Code.org offers free online coding classes for all ages https://code.org/

Mystery Science is offering free fun science lessons for students of all ages.https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning

National Geographic Kids is offering free video games and videos on their website. https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

Smithsonian for Kids offers free fun stuff for kids https://www.si.edu/kids

Wow in the World offers free science podcasts for curious kids https://tinkercast.com/listen/?m_page=1&m_search=

 

Art, Music, Crafts

Lakeshore Learning is offering free crafts and activities. https://www.lakeshorelearning.com/resources/free-resources?ref=hpS2

Lunch Doodles with Mo Williems – Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET/q0am PST and then remain online to be streamed afterwards. https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

 

 

Movement

Cosmic Kids Yoga offers free YouTube yoga lessons for children https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Go Noodle offers free movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts https://www.gonoodle.com/

 

 

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